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New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

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Address: 1801 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Phone Number: 505-841-2800
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Description: Visitors explore the origins and geological history of the American...
Visitors explore the origins and geological history of the American Southwest through vivid displays including dinosaur models, ice-age cave replicas, a naturalist center and a walk-through volcano.
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The museum is well priced for what you get. We visited with a 5 and 8 year old. They loved the dinosaurs and the underwater section. We recommend you start up the stairs, which... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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San Jose, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

If you've seen museums in Chicago or London or have travelled, don't go here unless you are taking kids age 7-12. Not for adults. Displays rely too heavily on computers. Would rather see life size exhibits than sit at another terminal. Lots of buttons to push for displays, but some broken as kids just push and don't watch. And only... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Like so many museums nowadays the exhibit information is really being dumbed down. The displays themselves are well done but the associated text is not: a display with fossil skeletons of two dinosaurs postured with one attacking the other says "which one do you think will win?" but minimal scientific information given. Also too many kids in school tour groups.... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

The museum is well priced for what you get. We visited with a 5 and 8 year old. They loved the dinosaurs and the underwater section. We recommend you start up the stairs, which makes it easier to navigate and the ages go in order. The only complaint is the kids did not enjoy the panda 3-D movie. They were... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We visit the NM Museum of Natural History and Science about 4 times each year. Our children really like the fossil and dinosaur exhibits. I enjoy perusing the minerals and fossils. My husband really enjoyed the early days of computers exhibit, and learned some new info on the infancy of Apple, IBM, Microsoft, etc. The museum allows group tours, and... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I remember visiting this museum back in 1992 and enjoying it tremendously, so when planning a return to ABQ with my family in 2014, this was a must-do on my list. It was real deja vu. The museum doesn't seem to have changed its main exhibits one iota since 1992 and it shows. Though I still really like the concept... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The displays are very good. you can go to lectures there on numerous topics. The special events, like the Titanic was very good. The new one for kids to dig for dinosaur bones is a great learning time.

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South Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The town really did this museum very nicely. The layout is easy to follow and it takes you throwout the natural history of new Mexico from the origin of the universe. Although it could use a few more interactive displays for young children.

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Tulsa
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We lucked in to finding this on our visit to Albuquerque. We have visited other museums like this and found this to be better than most. The dinosaurs were great and our 2nd grader loved to volcano exhibit. We were lucky to be there on a day when the observatory was open and were able to view the sun and... More 

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Novato, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Local art as well as special travelling exhibits. The film giving the background of local murals was excellent. Nice lay out, going from rooms was easy. Written descriptions of displays gave good information.

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Derwood, Maryland, USA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Not bad for a natural history museum in the SW. Dinosaurs do dominate, but give me a break on the evolution indoctrination. Birds of Paradise exhibit was quite nice touch.

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